Monday, May 11, 2009

Orange in a New Light

I have never been a fan of orange in interior design, probably in large part because it is typically used in very modern or hip rooms. However, these three rooms have caused me to see orange in an entirely new light and I am frankly smitten. This first room is from the apartment of Mary Jane Pool. I love the tufted orange day bed, the deep orange glazed walls, the leopard carpet, and the pink chair.


This second room room is by interior designer Sara Story and was shown at the 2008 Orchard Hill Show House. It was featured just recently in the April 2009 Traditional Home. The use of orange to create the feel of sunset with this gorgeous hand painted Chinoiserie wallpaper, instead of the more expected blue Chinoiserie was inspired. Notice too how the black really pops against the orange.


This stunning room is from the Greystone Show House and was created by interior designer James Lumsden in this gentleman's bedroom. I love the orange walls and the mix of  French Moderne, Italian, and English with the bold graphics. Notice the use of red and blue accents.


If you are looking for an elegant orange paint color, check out Farrow & Ball Orangery-a typical 18th century terra cotta color used much in orangeries.

12 comments:

annechovie said...

I agree, Beth, orange can be touchy. You have managed to pull together some very chic examples here, as usual!

Style Redux 2 said...

Anne-Thanks, I think these are quite elegant which I never thought I'd say about orange!

g. said...

Orange is tough. I either see it and think amazing or it hurts my eyes. I like these, especially the last one.

Style Redux 2 said...

g.-Thanks-I think an orange room is probably a good test of the talents of an interior designer. I really love all of these.

Frances said...

Oh, I love Sara Story's room. The orange and brown--very Hermes =)

Sanity Fair said...

I love orange - I wear it a lot, even though I used to be scared of it. But doing a room in it IS hard. For one thing, it's a bright but not necessarily friendly color to a home (it subliminally indicates that we should move more quickly, move on - restaurants like McDonald's use it in their spaces to keep turnover high and tables open). You've pulled together some nice examples here that wouldn't make me want to leave! :)

Averill said...

I love the Sara Story room; it's gorgeous!

Style Redux 2 said...

Frances-You have a good eye-the throw blanket is in fact Hermes.

Style Redux 2 said...

SF-I saw a dining room at a recent show house that was done in Farrow & Ball Orangery. I have used F & B throughout my house and always wanted to see that color used. Although I was not blown away by the rest of the room, I loved the walls, and decided to look through my files for other orange rooms I liked. I think all three are quite elegant and would be easy to live with.

Style Redux 2 said...

Averill-I plan to do a full post on that room tomorrow on Chinoiserie Chic.

Carolina Andújar Córdoba said...

I'v had exactly the same problem with orange. Personally, it anguishes me a bit. These rooms were different, the last one I really loved!

Style Redux 2 said...

Carolina-Thank you-I think each of these is quite elegant.